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St. John's Anglican Church

Parish of Horton,  Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Feb. 18th, 2018,  1st Sunday in Lent

Special Focus on African Heritage Month

Welcome to Dr. Lynn Jones, our guest speaker this morning. Dr. Jones is an African Nova Scotian leader and activist. In the Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection she chronicled over 50 years of African, African Diasporic and African-Nova Scotian heritage and history, including civil rights and social justice struggles, Lynn & her family members' lives and activism, and diverse local, regional and international aspects of Black life. Her collection is on display this month in the lobby of the Patrick Power Library at SMU.


8am Holy Communion, The Book of Common Prayer, P. 67

Collect: O  LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights: Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness and true holiness, to thy honour and glory; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Reader: Helen Shaw   Eucharistic Assistant: Beth Turner


10am    Holy Eucharist, The Book of Alternative Services

The Gathering of the Community

Processional Hymn                        #468 To Abraham and Sarah

The Greeting and Collect for Purity, p. 185

Dear friends in Christ, since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord’s passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting. By carefully keeping these days, Christians take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the

observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word. 


The Kyries

O God, you know our foolishness and our sins are not hidden from you:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Let not the flood overwhelm us nor the depths swallow us up;

let not the pit shut its mouth upon us.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Hear us, O Lord, as your loving kindness is good;

turn to us as your compassion is great.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.


The Collect of the Day

Let us pray for grace to keep Lent faithfully. Silence

God of our salvation, your bow in the clouds proclaims your covenant with every living creature. Teach us your paths and lead us in your truth, so that by your Holy Spirit, we may remember our baptismal vows and be keepers of your trust

with earth and its inhabitants. Amen.


    As the children depart for Sunday School we will sing,

    Siyahamba ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos’
    Siyahamba ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos’ (Repeat both lines)

    Siyahamba, Oo,
    Siyahamba ekukhanyen' kwe’khos' (Repeat both lines)


     We are marching in the light of God,

     We are marching in the light of God. (Repeat both lines)

     We are marching, Oo,
     We are marching in the light of God. (Repeat both lines)


The Proclamation of the Word, p. 187

      First Reading: Genesis 9:8-17,  Jim Fyfe

Psalm 25:1-10

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22,  Ron Stuart
Gradual Hymn                       #512 I want Jesus to Walk With Me

The Holy Gospel:  Mark 1:9-15

Speaker: Dr. Lynn Jones

An Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God,

We believe in God the Father, from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts

through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



The Prayers of the People,  

The Confession and Absolution

Let us call to mind our sin and the infinite mercy of God. Silence

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have mercy on us. For self-centered living, and for failing to walk with humility and gentleness:

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.

For longing to have what is not ours,

and for hearts that are not at rest with ourselves:

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.

For misuse of human relationships,

and for unwillingness to see the image of God in others:

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.

For jealousies that divide families and nations,

and for rivalries that create strife and warfare:

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.

For reluctance in sharing the gifts of God,

and for carelessness with the fruits of creation:

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.

For hurtful words that condemn, and for angry deeds that harm:

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us.

For idleness in witnessing to Jesus Christ,

and for squandering the gifts of love and grace:

Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

have mercy on us. Silence

May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Sharing of the Peace, p. 192                                                           

The Celebration of the Eucharist

Offertory Hymn          #504 Jesu, Jesu Fill Us With Your Love

Prayer over the Gifts  #664 In Jesus’ Name (tune: Tallis’ Canon)

In Jesus’ name we pause to pray: give us our daily bread today; bless us with strength, that we may bless our neighbours out of gratefulness.      

      Eucharistic Prayer #4, p. #735 Holy, holy, holy…

      The Lord’s Prayer,  p. 211

      The Breaking of the Bread,  #7 p. 213          #745 Lamb of God…

      All are welcome to come forward to receive holy communion or a blessing. Gluten-free bread is available. Please ask at the communion rail.

       Communion hymns:  #504 Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love

Duet: O Lovely Peace (G.F. Handel) Margaret Findlay & Ellen Torrie

Prayer after Communion: Compassionate God, you have fed us with the bread of heaven. Sustain us in our Lenten pilgrimage:

may our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; and our prayer, the song of grateful hearts, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

       Doxology (Glory to God…), p. 214

The Blessing


       Closing Hymn                    # 587 Once to Every Man and Nation

  The Dismissal


Psalm 25:1-10

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;

my God, I put my trust in you; let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me.

Let none who look to you be put to shame; let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes.

Show me your ways, O Lord, and teach me your paths.

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long.

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting.

Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; remember me according to your love and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.

Gracious and upright are you, O Lord; therefore you teach sinners in your way.

You guide the humble in doing right and teach your way to the lowly.

O Lord, all your paths are love and faithfulness to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


Eucharistic Assistant: Jim Amos

Greeters: Denyse & Jim Nelson

      Counters: Diana Patterson & Elaine Slauenwhite

Everyone is invited to enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshments following the service at 10 am this week provided by Camille Herbin


Cycle of Prayer

Please remember in your prayers…

·       The Church of the Province of Central Africa and the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario; The Parish of Collieries

·       Those in need of God’s healing grace: Arthur, Joan, Albert Jucker, Digger McDougall, Lyle Southam, Jack, Pam, Barclay, Joanie, Marlene & John Reid, Cameron, Jane, Doreen McKee, Kevan, Mary Funderburg, Diana Hart, Gloria, Connie, Betty, Heidi, Harry, Cecil, Nick Rahr & Neil Carver

·       Those who have departed this life and are at rest, especially remembering Gail Herbin, Alma Day & Bill King. Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.



SERVICES FOR Feb. 25th/2nd in Lent

Combined 10am service of Morning Prayer (BCP)



Mark these dates on your calendar

Ron's Painting Class: continues on Tuesdays 7-9 pm

Weds., Feb. 24th, 10:30am, Blomidon Court: Hymn Sing


The Parish Annual General Meeting is being held next

Sun., Feb. 25th. There will be a brief, combined service of Morning Prayer (using The Book of Common Prayer) at 10am, followed by the AGM and then a potluck lunch. There is no 8am service. A draft agenda is posted at the back of the church with room to add agenda items. There are also three questions we’d like you to answer about the past year and the next 200 years – for discussion at the AGM! J


200th Anniversary Committee meeting: March 8th at 7PM


Sat., Mar. 17th, 9:30am-3:30pm, Christ Church Hall, Berwick: MORE Mission School, Module 2 (MORE details to follow next Sunday)


Mark your calendar: Our annual Roast Beef Dinner to raise funds for L'Arche will be held on Friday, Oct. 26th. More information


Church & Community News

Lent coin folders are at the back of the church.


Income Tax Receipts for 2017 are at the back of the church. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Assistant Treasurer Linda Barkhouse, at 902-692-1214 or


Upcoming recitals - It's recital season at the School of Music, and of particular note are the upcoming recitals featuring our St. John's choristers: Lemuel Johnson (trumpet) will be performing a solo recital on Sunday, March 4th at 2pm; Lauryn Wadden (clarinet) will be performing on Saturday, March 10th at 7pm; and Ellen Torrie will be performing on Sunday, March 18th at 3pm. All recitals are in Denton Hall with free admission. Please come out and support our students!


Rector’s Schedule: Sandra will be in the church office Thurs., 9:30-11:30am. She will be off Monday and Saturday.

Keeping A Holy Lent

There are prayer resources at the back of the church and some for observing a Lenten discipline focusing on kindness and gratitude. Here are some opportunities you might also want to consider…


PWRDF Daily Lenten Devotional sent directly to your inbox: To subscribe to these reflections, go to


Tuesdays in Lent, 9-10:30am (Feb. 20th, 27th, Mar. 6th, 13th, 20th):

Series on Contemplative Leadership (hosted by Wickwire Place) -- This series will help us learn to be deeply grounded in God in the midst of the challenges of leadership in our families, work or church lives. We’ll practice contemplative prayer, and receive instruction and guidance. Sessions are offered via webinar by Margaret Benefiel, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Washington and are recorded on YouTube. See (YouTube icon).


Brown Bag ‘n Bible: Thursdays in Lent at St. John’s (Feb. 22nd, Mar. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd), noon-1:30pm. The Old Testament readings in Lent speak about covenants made between God and God’s people. We’ll explore these covenants together and consider what they might mean for us today. We’ll talk about Noah, Abraham, and Jeremiah, the Ten Commandments, and how God responds when covenants are broken. Please sign up at the back of the church.


Lenten Quiet Day, Fri., Mar. 16th  9:45am-3pm at St. John’s

We tend to postpone our response to the call to intimacy that Jesus wants for each of us when he says, “I call you FRIENDS.” Sharon Doyle will lead us in an exploration of the possibility of a deeper sense of the Presence of God in our lives. This leads to more of a sense of belonging, which ushers us into felt joy and peace. Come for all or part of the day for presentations by Sharon, time for quiet personal prayer, optional small group discussion and an opportunity to ask questions. Please bring your lunch. Tea, coffee, dessert and snacks provided. Sharon Doyle lives in Wolfville. She lived in a monastic retreat center for 25 years, giving retreats and offering spiritual direction. Sharon is a trained counsellor who was the Spiritual Care Coordinator for L'Arche Homefires. She has spent the last two years studying Ignatian spirituality, which focuses on finding God in everything and teaches us how to pray the Scriptures, especially the Gospels, so that they come alive for us, here and now, offering us peace no matter what our circumstances are.